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I went to 2 consulations for Lasik and I am seriously wanting it done next month. I have a very high astigmatism, really high.

Doctor 1 said I may get better than 20/20, maybe even 20/15 and they are about $4900. Don't take American Express though. Says he uses latest technology for the procedures.

Doctor 2 said I may not get 20/20 but maybe 20/25 and I may need a touchup operation afterwards in case the first go doesn't get it all or I want more perfect vision. This operation would cost about $4000 and they do take American Express. Says he uses latest technology too, but it's the doctor more than the machine you should be worried about.

I'm torn but leaning more towards Doctor 2 b/c first of all, he takes American Express, which is my method of payment. Secondly, he gives me more realistic expectations, and he is a bit cheaper.

I would like to know if anyone here has gotten Lasik and what were your experiences with it? How much did you pay?

Also, which Doctor would you pick :?:
 

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I would go with Doctor 2 as well...you're right, it seems more realistic.

Good luck -- I won't have the surgery done, nor will I let Erik -- I'm too worried about something going wrong.
 

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I agree that Doctor 2 sounds more realistic. Good for you to get a couple opinions, eyesight is too important not to thoroughly research before you pick a surgeon.

I am terribly near-sighted, can't see a darn thing without my contacts. I would love Lasik, but I am just plain chicken, hate to think of the possibility of complications. I know many people who have had it, most with excellent results.
 

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I'd LOVE to have this procedure done. It's wicked hard dealing with make-up and performances when you're always worrying about your contacts sticking or slipping. Ugh.

No input other than jealousy. ;)
 

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I am terribly near-sighted, can't see a darn thing without my contacts. I would love Lasik, but I am just plain chicken, hate to think of the possibility of complications. I know many people who have had it, most with excellent results.
Same here...too worried. I've heard of bad complications, too, so I just don't want to take any chances. I do know many with great results...but I know it's just my luck that I'd have problems.
 

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For the record, I had lasik performed September of 2004, and I have absolutely NO regrets. I was very nearsighted, and had astigmatism and all that jazz. My eyes are too dry to wear contacts comfortably, so lasik was a present for myself.

I paid around $3900 for my Lasik, and it was with a doctor I really trusted that was recommended by my personal eye doctor (who said he sent his own children to her). You only get one set of eyes, so it pays to do it right. Do your research. There are different methods of lasik. The newest technology (3-D Wavescan) is more advanced, and gives you a laser job that's more tailored to teh exact shape of your eyeball. Because of my thin corneas, I couldn't get that, and I had to have the traditional lasik, which obviuosly I have no complaints about. I thikn it would have been closer to $4500 had I had the wavescan version.

Just make sure you are comfortable with the doctor you choose. Even though so much of it is computerized, you want someone who knows what they are doing!

As for side-effects, most of the complications and side-effects are experienced by people who had the surgery years ago, before they perfected the technology. I was really worried about the stories of people who had night-vision problems (saw "halos" around lights at night) and couldn't drive anymore. I had absolutely NONE of these problems at all! The worst of it for me was that my eyes were really dry for about 2 weeks... felt like I had my contacts in and I couldn't take them out! But after that - perfect. I am 20/20 exactly. Never been happier with the decision. Yeah, I was kinda nervous myself, but I've had the same eye doctor since I was 5 years old, and I knew he wouldn't send both his children AND me to a doctor who didn't know what she was doing!

If you have any questions about the actual procedure, feel free to ask me on this thread or PM me. I'll be happy to answer any questions based on my experiences.
 

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This is my job. I am an Ophthalmic Technician working with a corneal specialist. I assist him not only in the regualr Operating room, but also with all of his laser vision correction. I am the only one who runs the scans for the actual laser.

First off......make sure that the 'latest technology' is the Custom or Wavefront laser. Find out if it will be LASIK, LASEK, PRK, or Intralase.

They will all correct your vision wonderfully, but are all different techniques in how the laser is applied. None of them are a bad or wrong choice, but should be an option for everyone based on certain criteria your eyes meet.

I too, had LASIK in 2000 and am very happy with it. I would never go back to wearing contacts or glasses again.

Please feel free to ask me a TON of questions! I love eyes and could talk about them all day long!
 

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Does anyone know if insurance covers lasik? I would LOVE to have it done before my wedding, but I can't afford it. I do have vision insurance through my mom's workplace, but I am not sure if they would cover any of it at all.
 

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It's not the insurance that would cover it, it would be the employer that would choose to cover it for their employees.

Only the employer can choose to have it covered and very few do it. For example, there is only one employer in the Columbus, Ohio area that coveres it for their employees.
 

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I hope to get Lasik done sometime within the next year...hopefully. Then after that the hubby will get it done. His boss will pay for 50% of his proceedure, so that'll help!
 

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shengmei said:
Could you be a little bit more specific? I am intrigued.
Specific about the doctors or the procedure?

Ok here's the deal. Doctor 1 says he will perform Custom Cornea Lasik Intralase.

I asked the 2nd doctor about that and he said they are all custom b/c everyone is different. So he's saying he performs Custom Lasik but not the Intralase I guess. He said the other doctor said that b/c of the brand of the machine they use. I guess the brand is Intralase?

Anyways are they basically doing the same procedure just different machines then :?:
 

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Please feel free to ask me a TON of questions! I love eyes and could talk about them all day long!
What is the worst vision (nearsightedness wise) that LASIK can correct? I went to a couple of doctors and all of them said my vision was too bad to be corrected by LASIK.
 

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My eyes are really bad. I think on my contact lens prescription it said I was -7 or so and when they did the preliminary readings at the consultation for Lasik it was like -12. I have horrible vision and they were quite shocked at how bad it was. Supposedly if your corneas are too thin, they can't do Lasik on you. What is your prescription Shengmei :?:
 

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I've had Lasik done twice. I was in a test group in Canada before it was preformed in the USA. My first surgery was almost 12 years ago and my second was about 7 years ago. I am not as happy with it as most people. My night vision is horrible now. It got considerably worse after the last surgery. I am gearing up to go to the eye doctor again...because I beleive my vision has slipped AGAIN. I won't hvae it done again! The last doctor I saw actually said I needed glasses all the time....when I thought I just needed them for night driving (astigmatism) I got the glasses and they are way too strong, so now that I am back in MIchigan I am going to the eye doctor I have seen my whole life.

My parents have both had it done and love it. My dad just had an enhancement done and is still happy with the results.

Maybe it was too new, when I had it done, I'm not sure, but I would go back to wearing my contacts everyday if I could see at night!
 

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My mom had lasik approximately ten years ago also, and up until a year ago she had no problems at all. But then her night vision started to decline, so now she has to wear glasses when she drives. She doesn't need them for anything else though.

I plan on getting lasik even knowing that it can cause night vision problems. Nine years with perfectly clear vision is pretty nice, and I'd gladly trade needing contact lenses and glasses all the time for needing them at night.
 

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I would ask both of them how many surgeries they have performed and what their sucess rate was.
For me, it wouldn't be worth it unless I could get my vision all the way to 20/20. Because if I'm still having to wear contacts or glasses, then what is the point. :?
 

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Yup, that is my fear, have surgery and still need contacts. Or worse, have surgery, still need correction and not be able to wear contacts.
 

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My eyes are really bad. I think on my contact lens prescription it said I was -7 or so and when they did the preliminary readings at the consultation for Lasik it was like -12. I have horrible vision and they were quite shocked at how bad it was. Supposedly if your corneas are too thin, they can't do Lasik on you. What is your prescription Shengmei :?:
I think around -13.
 

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Shengmei...A good surgeon will not touch a person if they are over -6.50. There are too many risks involved.

Now I say a good surgeon because there are places that will do much higher, but you are asking for problems such as night glare and declining vision due to thinning corneas.

Intralase is just the way the flap is cut. Insteading of using a blade (called a microkeratome) a laser is used to cut the flap. No one in Columbus is doing Intralase. It just hasn't been deemed necessary here.

Laser Vision Correction (will shorten to LVC from now on) is not all 'custom'. You need to have a machine called an aberrometer in order to perform any type of custom LVC. Conventional LVC is still performed but has drawbacks like night glare and halos.

When I had LVC done, the custom (called WaveFront or CustomVue) was not available yet. I wish I would have waited since I now have night glare and it would have been eliminated with this type of laser.
 
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